Kate has 20 years of food-industry experience, including almost ten as an executive in global companies and venture-backed start-ups. She is a leader in McKinsey’s alternative protein and fermentation work globally, serving clients on innovative food ingredients and consumer products.
Prior to McKinsey, Kate was the president of beverages at a global food-ingredients company, as well as the CEO and head of operations at two different venture-backed food start-ups. Throughout her executive tenure, she led company-building activities driven by technology innovation, new commercial models, and operational improvement.
Since joining McKinsey, she has led strategy development in R&D and innovation and helped clients scale-up through long-term partnerships by bringing new products to market. She is passionate about the intersection of sustainability, nutrition, and taste.